Finders Keepers – my picks

For all those Melbourne crafty types out there I’m sure you will be popping along to Finders Keepers market this weekend. I’ve just been, it was great, a visual feast of goodness.

These are my top picks:

Cat Rabbit – Brilliant felt creatures that are so character-full I just want them all
Jack of Diamonds – Beautiful machine knitted garments using gorgeous yarns
Abby Seymour – Super illustrations and porcelain finery
Emily Green – Colourtastic wonderland of neck pieces and fabric prints
Victoria Mason – Love the foxy necklace and all the other jewellery delights
Bonsai Kitten – Really comfy big knickers and the like with a vintage feel

So many people with so much talent and so much good stuff. Go! Enjoy! It opens at 10am on Saturday, go early to avoid the hordes.

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Feeling Big in the Heart

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me at Big Hearted Business conference. Photo courtesy Pip Lincolne

Another conference this weekend, this time its the Big Hearted Business conference in Melbourne and I’m LOVING it, so many great speakers and super people attending. I get to make pom poms today with the lovely Pip Lincolne from Meet Me At Mike’s . So much fun. I see some new business plans being sown (or should I say sewn!) and I feel VERY excited about this. Will share soon. Stay tuned!

Extreme Crochet

In Melbourne it’s hot. Super hot. It was meant to peak at 38 degrees C at 5pm tonight. It’s certainly super warm. And we do not have aircon at my house. so yes, super warm indeed.

It is somewhat unfortunate therefore that I really really really want to crochet and finish off my blanket that brings me lots of joy as super hot heatness and thick woolly crochet blanket do not really go together.

But, given my dedication to crochet – oh crochet how I love you so – and being the tenacious sort, I have decided to go ahead and do ‘extreme crochet’, this requires some special considerations, should you wish to do similar you will need the following Continue reading

sunny side of the street

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Do you cross the street to walk on the sunny side? I do. Mostly.

This afternoon in chilly Melbourne the sky was super blue and the sun did shine. I crossed the street and soaked it up.

Happy in the sunshine in orange slacks and sneakers.

Lovely.

Made By Hand – Channel 31 – I made it

Made By Hand, Channel 31, Episode 5, Wed 3rd Aug, 8.30pm

So…. I made it!

Yes, I was on the tele last night, celebrating the fabulous Pip Lincolne originated craft group ‘Brown Owls‘, hopefully conveying some of the inspiration that she and it have given me since my arrival in Melbourne.

My ‘confessions of a camera shy Crafty Naturopath‘ have turned into ‘celebrations of a camera OK Crafty Naturopath’. Continue reading

My first night at a craft group

Here is my story, of fact, not fiction, which I feel like sharing; especially with those that may be thinking of joining a craft group and may have a few first night nerves.

It was February I think, 2009, my first Brown Owls in real life experience. A Brown Owls article in Frankie magazine had inspired me, whilst on a flight to Brisbane for Christmas just before. I remember it well. That was the first time I discovered Frankie as well as the first time I discovered Brown Owls – a pretty inspirational combination. Continue reading

Frankiely, Crafty Stress Management is going to be great

I’m delighted to announce this upcoming Crafty Stress Management course that I am faciliating from the beginning of May here in central Melbourne. I am equally delighted to have had Frankie write about it in their blog this week. Continue reading

park life


I had such a lovely day the other day. I marvelled at the wonders of colour and scent as i passed an eclectic and beautiful mix of front gardens in my neighbourhood, on the way to the park with a dog called Jelly. A man of slightly elderly age passed by, I wished I had a cap so I could doff it at him, instead we exchanged smiles – nice! I played ‘stick’ with Jelly a while and sat in the sun and soaked up some vitamin d and made a daisy chain. I marvelled at the ease of making a daisy chain in comparison to the frustration that it caused me as a young nipper.

A walk in the park, an exchange of human kindness, a dose of sun and a reminder of the healing power of nature in all its spectacular wonder – a right old boost to health and only minutes from my front door – brilliant!

being crafted

The Crafting Health website is in the process of being stitched, hemmed and generally being put into great shape.